Stephen Adam Farris Jr., colonel, USAF, retired, of Alexandria, Va., formerly of Swoyersville, passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
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Col. Farris, a resident of The Fairfax, graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1944. He served in the Army Air Corps as a fighter pilot during World War II and retired after 30 years of service from the U.S. Air Force. His assignments included teaching at the Virginia Military Institute and command of the 48th Combat Support Group at RAF, Lakenheath, England. Col. Farris' decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He is survived by his children, Jeanne Farris, Reston, Va.; Stephen A. Farris III, Newport News, Va.; Bobbie McGowan, Newark, Del.; and Susan Farris, Fairfax Station, Va.; and by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, James Farris; his sister, Loretta Farris; and his brother, Robert Farris.
A Mass will be held at The Fairfax, 9100 Belvoir Woods Parkway, Fort Belvoir, Va., at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Burial, with full military honors, will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to
USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Jan. 22 to Jan. 23, 2014